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Dive Review of Adventure Kommodo in
Indonesia/Raja Ampats

January, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Sherry Wren, CA, USA
Report Number 1583
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Figi, PNG, Thailand, Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Belize, Caribbean,
Turk and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]No real limits except to surface after 70 minute dive time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Excellent for small critters, nice camera table, crew was excellent with
the cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Raja Ampats are outstanding.  The diversity of fish and corals is
amazing.  Larry Smith runs all of the dive operations and is truly the
master planner, diver, and dinner companion.  I would go anywhere he was
running an operation because he is the consumate master.  We started out of
Sorong and dove Batanta, went to Kofiau where the species diversity counts
were perfromed, Deer Island, Waigo, Wayag, Gam, Melissa's reef, Wagmab, and
Batanta again.  Highlights were incredible wobbegongs ( up to 6-7ft) on
many dives, ghost pipe fish, scorpion fish, mandarin fish, pygmy sea horses
( 5 on one fan alone), ocellated flounders, emperor shrimps, leaf
scorpions, blue ring octopus, cephalopods, a billion different
nudribranchs, and more fish than could be believed.  This was  not a place
for pelagics.  Melissa's reef and Batanta Southwest were some of the best
dives I have done in my life.  It was a virtual fish highway. Nitrox was
available and no limits were put on dives.  My typical profile was max
depth 90 and dive times of 70 minutes.  4 dives a day were offered.

The boat service was outstanding, you could have American or Indonesian
breakfast cooked to your order daily.  It did take 2 days for the
Indonesian chef to believe I could eat food as spicy as I wanted it.  Lunch
and dinner was by Holgar a german chef with clearly a lot of continental
experience.  Dinner was served like a nice restaurant with free flowing
wine from the owners vineyard. Vegetarian guests were accomdated without
any difficulty.  Cabins were OK, they are strangely elevated to a level
that is difficult to get into, this allows for unbelievable storage space
under them.  Unfortunately you do not have a private head but each 2 cabins
share a head with the upstairs cabins using the facility on the dive deck. 
This sis not present anyproblems but en suite is always nicer.  Boat was
clean, crew was very attentive and professional.  Larry Smith's training
and service philosophy is visible everywhere.

Larry has also set up some excursions off the boat that showcase some of
the unbelievable beauty and richness of the islands.  We did a Bird of
Paradise walk inot the jungle to see these magnificent birds do their
morning dance, unfortunately a sea eagle landed on the tree and stopped the
action.  Another excusrion was a wine and chees cruise through rock islnads
with orchids, hornbills, pitcher plants, and scenery.  The best trip was to
one of the largest caves I have seen, if it was in the US this would be a
five star destination just to see the formations.  An excursion to a
working pearl farm did not work out but I would have been very interested.

I can recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys great company, diving, and a
joy of life.  I am already planning my next trip on this outstanding boat
and with Larry Smith.
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